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MEDICINE LODGE, KANSAS, JANUARY 11. 1905.
The County Commissioners were
in session all of lust week. Among
the more important business trans
acted was the following:
S.S. Kincaid was allowed to con
struct a cattle drive under the high
way between the ne of 5-34-10
and sef 32-33-10.
C. W. Smith of Lake City was
allowed to place a gate across the
road between sections 21. and 22 in
township 31, range 13, one-fourth
of a mile south of the north line of
sections 21 and 22.
W. C. Alford was appointed
trustee of Hazelton township to
fill the vacancy caused by the res
ignation of J. F. Gamble.
Walter Middleton and PearlRon
ey were appointed constables of
Kiowa township to fill vacancies.
The Prothcroe road case was
compromised. By common con-
- I i.'i! 1 f
aeiu uie new roau peuuoneu ior
was not granted but the old road
was legalized. Mr.Protheroe relin
quished right of way and the road
remains practically the same as it
now is. The city gets the right to
"repair the dam and enter upon the
premises at any time, provided no
plowed fields or crops are driven
Compromise assignments and re
demptions were granted to N. W.
Burnett, A. J. Ayers, J. P. Caudill,
H. L. YVainscott, Hazelton Coal &
Lumber Company, J. C. B. Hargis,
T-,,- r:n...:4i. c u tni. c c v-
caid, Hazelton; Jacob Begert, Mr.
Linnville, A. B. Purdy and Chester
Martin, Medicine Lodge; J. M. Mil
ler, N. W. Hockett and V. C. Bot
kin, Kiowa; Jas. Huffaker, Sharon,
and O. J. Corliss, Sun City.
Road petitions were granted on
petition of V. C. Sleeper of Valley
township andHugh Rankin of Shar
on township. The viewers for the
former are Hugh Rankin, D. H.
Axliue and Ed. Boots; for the lat
ter, Bert Evans, V. C. Sleeper and
The P. B. Cole road east of town
was granted and Geo. T. Knight
was given the privilege to con
struct a cattle pass under it.
The G. W. Purdy road near Lake
City was ordered se -advertised. H.
W. Skinner, W. K. Nichols and
Ym. Roark were appointed.
A petition to expose to sale the
n oi 16-33-15: school land, was
The following school lands were
leased to parties as follows:
L. D. Elliott, n- 16-31-12, 5 yrs.
(?, $12.50 per year.
W. K. !ichols, se 16-32-14, 5
years, (a, $6.25 per year.
J. W. Burton, sw, 16-33-15, 5
J. R. Holmes, sc, 36-34-15, 5
years, (fi) $6.25.
The J. W. Metz Mer. Company
of Kiowa and Scott Buck of Lake
City were relieved from a partial
burden of their taxes on account of
the fires recently sustained. Mr.
Metz was alowed a rebate of $200
and Mr. Buck $141. Commission
er Lake opposed the action very
strongly, the same as he did a year
ago when the Chase Hdw. Co. of
this city was given like considera
tion, and Commissioners Crouse
and Wads worth favored it for the
same reason that they favored the
same proposition a year ago. Mr.
Lake takes the position that a man
. who loses his goods by fire is as
. much obligated to pay his taxes
as a farmer or a stockman who
loses his cattle or any other busi
ness man who meets with misfor
tuqe. The other two commission
ers, however, contend that there is
a difference, that a man should not
be compelled to pay full tax on
stocks that do not exist. Mr. Metz
Iaid a tax on $ 4,500.00. His stock
probably would have invoiced at
$40,000.00 or $50,000.00. It is
said that 60 per cent of the invoice
was covered by insurance. Ordi
narily, it is a nice thing to go to
the assistance of a man who meets
with misfortune, but in this matter
a bad precedent has been establish
ed. It is now a fixed practice for
every man who has a fire loss, to
appeal to the county for relief. In
our judgment Mr. Lake has' taken
the proper stand.
The Citizens State Bank of this
city was again designated the coun
ty depository. The Southwestern
State Bank of Kiowa, through its
cashier, C. D. Sample, asked for the
use of the county funds and offered
3 per cent, on average daily bal
ances. The Citizens Bank has been
the depository for fifteen years and
has always paid three per cent. Mr.
Sample said if he secured the funds
he would arrange to deposit a suf
ficient amount with a Medicine
Lodge bank to carry on local busi
ness,for convenience. Commissioner
Crouse took a decided stand in fav
or of the Kiowa bank, but Com
missioners Lake and Wadsworth
took the stand that inasmuch as
the Kiowa bank was anew institu
tion, that it had not yet paid taxes,
while the Citizens Bank had paid
taxes for fnany years, and had paid
three per cent for a long time when
other counties were paying only
two', and that if again agitated it
might result in the county's not re
ceiving any interest which at one
time was the case, the small differ
ence of one-fourth of one per
cent was no inducement to make
a change. The average deposits
run between $40,000.00 and $60,
000.00 and a majority of the board
considered it unwise to place such
a great amount of money in new
and strange hands when the profit
to be derived is practically nothing,
while a change would bring more
trouble next year when all the
banks would probably become
disturbed and none could afford to
pay as high as three per cent, on
account of the uncertainty of get
ting it. It is highly probable that
if the matter were repeatedly sub
mitted to bids no bank would offer
three per cent, in a few years
hence, at least that is an experi
ence prior boards have had.
J. B. Neal, L. C. Vandivier and
J. R. Newsom were appointed ap
praisers of the Wisner school quar
ter in Sharon township.
F. J. Cartan and Aug. Schmidt
were appointed to assist the pro
bate judge in making the next quar
terly examination of the county
The Board purchased six lots
from A. W. Smith, adjoining Capt.
J.N. Titus' residence on Kansas
Avenue east, on which to construct
the courthouse cess pool. They
paid $250 for the six lots, abstracts
and warranty deed to be furnished.
Captain Titus protests against the
action of the Board and will fight
it out in the courts. He does not
want a cess pool near his residence
and claims it will not only affect
him in a sanitary way but it will
also depreciate the value of his
There is a great amount of what
seems to us just indignation over
an expense bill allowed to the
county attorney of ncarh $150.
It is money for lime and expense in
resisting the Crawford pardon. Mr.
Tinchcr made a number of trips to
Lansing and Topeka and employed
physicians to examine Oscar Craw
ford, in resisting the pardon and he
presented a bill. Commissioners
Crouse and Wadsworth voted for it
and Commissioner Lake opposed it.
An opinion from an attorney of
prominence was had and he held
that the bill was not a legal one
that the duties of the county ended
when the man was convicted. To
the average man it smacks of indi
vidual junkets at the county's ex
pense winch to say the least
should not be encouraged.
' The new Board organized Mon
day afternoon. Riley Lake was
re-elected chairman.. Pat Flanna
gan and B. E. Wadsworth voted
for -Mr. Lake. Mr. Lake voted for
Mr. Flannagan. The Cresset will
probably not accuse Riley of voting
for himself this time.
The new Board adjourned with
out transacting any -further business.
RETIRES WITH A GOOD RECORD.
On Saturday evening J.M. Crouse
retired from the Board of County
Commissioners of Barber county
after having served four years with
marked credit and- ability. Mr.
Crouse, when he first took his place
on the Board in January, 1901, took
special pains to inquire into the
county's financial standing , and
especially its bonded indebtedness
and accrued and maturing inter
est. At that time the cdtraty's
bonded indebtedness aggregated
$424,225.00. It was a discourag
ing state of affairs, considering the
county's assessed valuation, but he
went to work, with the assistance
of his colleagues, to "do some
thing" and after he had served a
year and three months $ 208,695
bonds and coupons were surrender
ed for cancellation. When he re
tired from the Board the amount
of redeemed bonds and coupons
swelled to $261,725, leaving a
bonded indebtedness of $162,500,
These bonds were bought and
compromised at a discount- The
Board paid from 65 to 85 per cent
for them. The tax levy for a few
years was high but the Board saw
the opportunity and they embraced
it, and every citizen in the county
has been benefited by it.
The levy q! 1904 on the general
fund has been again scaled down to
two mills the place it was before
the bond negotiations began.
Mr. Crouse does not claim credit
for all that has been accomplished,
but he is entitled to a good. share
of it. The bulk of the bonds which
were lifted, were surrendered dur
ing his administration and he has
reason to feel some pride in the re
sult. As a commissioner, it is to be
presumed that he has made some
enemies but his motives were al
ways honest and his judgment gen
erally good, and he has made fewer
mistakes than most commissioners
During all the time Mr. Crouse
served on the Board two of the
members were democrats. Hissuc
cessor, Mr. Flannagan, is also a
democrat, and the Board continues
to be of the same political com
plexion with every promise of a
continuation of the same good rec
ord. Chairman Lake who has just
entered on his second term, is with
out a superior as a business man and
our new commissioner has also an A
1 reputation in that restiect. The.
democratic party has certainly been
very fortunate in and has every rea
son to be proud of the men it has
chosen to take care of the coun
ty s business.
.1. HARRY GAY CONING.
Remember that J. Harry Gay,
Ophthalmic Optician and eye
sight specialist.will be'iu Medicine
Lodge at Grand" Hotel on Tuesday
morning, Feb. 7th, and will exam
ine your eyes free of charge until
Wednesday evening, Feb. 15.
The lecture on South America
by Rev. D. McGurk, last Monday
evening, was well attended and all
pronounced it one "of the finest and
most instructive lectures ever deliv
ered in this city. Mr. McGurk was
formerly pastor of this charge but
for the past five years has-been
doing mission work in South
America. Belleville Telescope.
Rev. McGurk will lecture at the
opera house in this city next Wed
wj w'gui, Jrtuueiiy join.
A J9INT INSTALLATION.
The Knights of Pythias and
Rathbone Sisters will hold joint
installation at the new K. P. hall
tomorrow (Thursday) night. After
installation lunch and social
amusement will be indulged.
All Knights, Esquires and Pages
and their wives are invited.
The hall is nicely furnished. A
special feature is a new "F. P."
lighting system, like that in the
Chase Hardware store.
.G. A. R. INSTALLATION.
Eldted Post G. A. R. of this city
Will have a nnhlir installation
their hall on Saturday of this week
at 11 o'clock a. m. After installa
tion the old veterans will repair to
the Central hotel where thev will
partake of a big dinner a genuine
old soldiers bean bake, with all the
delicacies of the season on the side.
The dinner will be at i p. m. The
old soldier who misses . this feast
will always be sorry. By order of
One of the heaviest snows that
ever fell on Kansas soil "fell gent
ly down" yesterday, beginning at
3 o clock in the morning and con
tinuing the greater part of the day.
f me on the wheat.
SOCIAL BALLS Jan. 27 and Feb. 14.
- The next ball" will be by the
Band Boys at the opera house on
Friday nightjan. 27th. The usual
good time assured to all who at
tend. A general invitation ex
On February 14th St. Valen
tine's iay the JRathbone Sisters
will give a ball suitable for the oc
casion. The sisters have purchased
a new piano for the K. P. Hall
and they employ this method to
raise part of the-funds to pay for it.
J. W. METZ WILL REBUILD.
The J. W -Metz-"- Mercantile
Company are preparing to rebuild
in Kiowa. The new block will be
the same dimensions as the one
burned but it will be only one
story high instead of two some
thing similar to the Chandler block
in this city. .
NEXT LECTURE COURSE NUMBER.
Dr. Daniel McGurk will enter
tain the people pf Medicine Lodge
with one of his celebrated lectures
next Wednesday night, January 18.
This will be the fourth number on
the course and. the second lecture.
Dr.JSIcGurk has flattering recom
mendations from all over the coun-
try and is certain to please all who
hear him. Seats on sale at usual
Better Southwest Mall Service.
A new Eagle -Deer head mail
route and schedule went into ef
fect this week. It extends from
Medicine Lodge southwest to. Ea
gle and Deerhead, und the patrons
along the route will have rural
mail facilities. Heretofore the
mail to Deerhead went by way
Lake City and was very slow and
late. Under the new arrangement
the carrier on this route, leaves
Medicine Lodge onTuesday .Thurs
day and Saturday of each week at
6 o'clock a. m. It will make the
postmaster and the carrier both cut
their morning nap short these
mornings. An effort is being made
to make the leaving time a little
later. . , ; V- . . -: , ; .
A petition lias also been sent to
Washington asking to discontinue
the postoffice at Eagle and estab
lish one at Lass well's store and
call it Long, in honor of Senator
Will South lias been appointed
catrier. " '
Mrs. Emma Johnson and son, C.
M., returned home from Missouri
last Wednesday. -W.
V. Stranathan was up from
Moore township last Friday in com
People say that the finest grocer
ies in town are at H. T. Wood
ward & Son's. Phone 38.
Adam Jackson went to Kansas
City on Monday to buy a stock of
goods. He will also go to St. Lou
Ed. Adams visited with J. M.
Hellings and wife at Coats last
and part of this week, returning on
Reserved seats for the McGurk
lecture will be on sale on Friday-
night of this week, Jan. 13th. at
8 o clock.
The Misses Bradlev of Attica
visited Mrs. C. W. Wilson the lat
ter part of last week and -tfte first
of this week. -
M. Cramer, through Samuel
Stewart, sold his farm of 320 acres,
the first of the week. He received
$9,000. A few years ago he paid
White Rabbit Flour insures good
eating. A. B. Wilkins & Co. han
dle it. Call up phone 69 and get
a sack today. Try it and you will
use none other.
Drs. Coleman and Moore were
called upon to straighten up a dis
located shoulder for D. M. Hough
ton last Thursday morning. Mr.
Houghton's home is in Woodward
county, Oklahoma, but he is work
ing at present for S. R. Willan
west of town. The accident hap
pened by Mr. Houghton's stum
bling and falling violently to the
ground while running down a steep
Rev. Daniel McGurk is a pleas
ing, thoughtful and forcible
speaker. He has unusual power
as an orator. His lectures are full
of thought but interspersed with
humor. They bring new life to
the hearers. I heartily recommend
him as a safe and desirable lectur
er. C. N. Poe, Principal Schools,
Lincoln, Kansas. '
Hear him at - the opera house
Wednesday night, January 18th.
On Monday A. W. Smith retired
from the office of clerk of the dis
trict court and immediately took a
place behind the countp..of ' V. S.
Cook's Merc, house. Mr. Smith
served as district clerk four years
and leaves a record without a sin
gle stain. He is the first clerk in
our knowledge who came out
without a shortage and who in
stead of drawing on the county for
financial aid, turned a surplus over
and above his fees into the county
treasury. During his four years
he turned in $231.33 above his
salary. This is not as much as
other officers turn in, but it is a
small fee office and it is the first
time that the office has . been self
sustaining. Allen has certainly
made an excellent officer. He is
painstaking, honest and trust
worthy wherever you find him.
While Riley Lake was at Tex
ine a few Weeks ago he met Mr.
and Mts. J. C. Swayne and her
mother, irs. A. L. Freeman. Mrs.
Swayne is the daughter of the late
Capt. A. L. Freeman. She and
her husband are operating a big
hotel at Texline and her mother is
living with them. They inquired
about all old-timers in Medicine
Lodge and sent their regards.
They enjoyed very much lo meet
Mr. Lake and through him learn of
their old Medicine Lodge and Bar
ber county friends, and- say they
have a warm place in their hearts
for Medicine Lodge and - her peo
ple. Texline is oh - the division
of the Denver ani Ft. Worth rail
road aqdJiQtel Jbusiness there is
good.' ' "
JOHN T. JESSE DEAD.
John T. Jesse died at his home
in Mingona township, five mile3
northwest of this city on Sunday
morning, January 9, 1905. For;
years Mr. Jesse has suffered untold'
misery from cancer. .One side of
his face - had been almost eaten
away and other parts of his body
badlv affected. He had submitted
tO Sever.il Slircriral nrvrat!nne Knt
they only served to partially re
lieve and eventually spread the dis--
ease. - .'
A simple funeral .was held at the
home on Monday and the remains
interred on the homestead, at Mr.
Jesse's request before his death.
jonn 1 . Jesse was one of our pi
oneer citizens. He came here when
the country was new and hard
ships were accepted by the settlers
as one of the numerous inevitable
conditions of the country. With
the exception of a few years Tn
Oklahoma, he ha 1ivfrl in TV-irKe -
county ever since coming west.
Mr. Jesse is survived by a wife.
t 1 r.. j t a
iviui swus.ctuu lour uausniers.- rie .
was 65 years, 10 months and 24 '
days of age. "
TEACHERS MEETING. -
Thf Knrlipr fnimfv Tor-li rc A c-
sociation will meet in Medicine
Lodge on Saturday of this week,
between the hours of 2:4. . to o.m.
A lull attendance of the members
is expected and visitors will be
made heartily welcome. P. L.
Lake, Co. Supt.
A new stock of Dress Goods and
a large variety to select from.
They are on display at the new "
store. A. B. Wilkins Phone 69.
ArifiiOC in K11IL- nr fn)o f.-.,. S r r
'"if - - v v.u.u W J
per bushel. Best in town. . A. 13.
Wilkins & Co."' Phone 69.
Those suits for men and boys are
the finest out. Woodward & Son
ll'lliv mtrcru tor miibv ti'trrn .
vnuoiio 1 uu riiLoi tin bit.
The auestion is often raispr. hv
people who do not understand the
operation of our city water system,
wnat causes .the milky appearance
frequently observed in the water
from the .mains.- The scientific
American answers the question for
a correspondent who describes a
Mtuiiar conaiuon. it says: All
natural water contains air. Un
der more pressure it can hold more
m j t. ...
air than under ordinary pressure.
So when the water of which you
wrue nows irom the pipe and es- .
capes from pressure the contained
air expands and rises in bubbfes.
No harm is done bv the air in ' thVi
Serenaders Roasted. '
The editor of the Ashland Clipper
was "serenaded", recently and this is
the way he complimented them:
"That company that stopped in front
of the editor'ti den and" attempted 10
ainir, Saturday night, will probably nev
er know what a narrow escape they
had. Such noise aa that near tbts office
has resulted In disaster. Don't take
such chances." .
Strayed or stolen from my ranch
12 miles nortnwest of Kiowa, Kan
sas, 4 head of cattle, one-year-olds
last spring, branded (quarter
circle V) on left hip, marked either
half under-slope or lialf under-crop
in each ear. I will pay a reasona
ble reward for information or dc
livery of same.
1 will alao pay a Re ward
of 0260. 00 for the con
viction of any person,
stealing stock in any
of above brands or
V. S. COOK.